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As chief speechwriter for President Bush, Marc Thiessen was given unprecedented access to some of the most sensitive intelligence on al Qaeda terrorists. In Courting Disaster, he argues that the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” were not only effective, but lawful and morally just. By eliminating these proven tactics and releasing sensitive documents detailing our interrogation methods of high-value terrorists, Thiessen further posits that the Obama Administration has damaged America’s national security, unleashed a flood of recrimination against the intelligence officers who have protected us for the past nine years, and opened up the door for future attacks.
Marc Thiessen’s national security and public policy career includes serving as a member of the White House Senior Staff, chief speechwriter to the President and Secretary of Defense, and spokesman and senior policy advisor to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms. His writings appear regularly in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Review, Weekly Standard and other publications, and he appears frequently on Fox News, CNN, ABC News, the BBC, and talk radio stations nationwide. He is also a Visiting Fellow at The Hoover Institution.
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Marc A. Thiessen
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Manager, National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow